‘Go west’, says Fraser on hwy
COFFS Harbour MP Andrew Fraser has renewed calls for a proposed Coffs Harbour bypass to be constructed further west than current concept plans issued by RMS.
The 12km concept route would be constructed on the fringes of Coffs Harbour, connecting the Englands Rd roundabout to Korora Valley.
Mr Fraser says ongoing community concerns regarding traffic noise indicate other proposals need to be considered.
"Many residents are already approaching me with concerns about excessive noise from the Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade," he said.
"The volume of freight traffic on the highway is increasing and it's only expected to continue to rise."
Mr Fraser said at least four other routes had been outlined as possibilities.
RMS states that a final concept would need to undergo an environmental assessment and planning approval.
Mr Fraser however welcomed the $2 million funding commitment in Tuesday's State Budget - listing the bypass as a major priority for the community.
In March, the State Government pledged $200 million for construction of the project, under a 20/80 funding agreement with the Federal Government.
Mr Fraser said he was confident the Federal Government would match the State Government's commitment.
"The Federal Government is continuing their commitment to the Pacific Hwy duplication which is due for completion by 2020."
$52.7 million has already been spent on early planning work and property acquisitions for the bypass.